Life with lichen sclerosus

First, thank you for being here. For joining me on this month-long dive into LS.

Do you know that I coached my daughter’s soccer team one year? I was actually the assistant coach, but the coach couldn’t always make it.

There was this one kid… there’s always one… who took more energy than the rest of the team combined. His parents were at the game, though I feel like they’d given up trying to reign this kid in. He kept running around the field while the rest of the kids were trying to play.

Finally, after many futile attempts to help him get with the program, I just picked the kid up and piggybacked him around the field for the remainder of the game.

I overheard a grandparent say, “That coach has more patience than I would.”

What are you gonna do? He’s a kid. He’s just doing what kids do.

Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on

So, what’s life like with lichen sclerosus?

Between the blog posts and the book, it’s been a full month of writing and LS.

This morning, I meditated and practiced belly breathing on my deck. Outside, I enjoyed my breakfast of baked apples, tahini, chia seeds and nuts.

And then I planned to dive into writing.

Except I didn’t.

I did pilates on my deck while waiting for my lunch to heat. (It’s Canada. We get a nice day… we’re outside for it).

After lunch, I decided to use the overripe bananas and make a gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free banana loaf. I had a leftover banana so I made a batch of flourless chocolate muffins, which left me with leftover coconut cream…

… so, I made sugar-free coconut fudge with honey.

What does any of this have to do with LS?

I needed a day. A day without LS on my mind. Today was that day.

It felt good to focus on something else for a while. To remind me to have fun. I like to play with my food and experiment in my kitchen. It seems like ages since I’ve done that.

I did happen to also make red clover-infused coconut oil for my vulva since she couldn’t have any fudge. And now I have days’-worth of nourishment to fuel me through the finish line of writing.

LS is like my soccer coaching days. Sometimes there’s a wild card on the field. You’ve got to work with what you’re given. Throw it on your back and carry on with the game.

Much love,


Read the next post in the series: The top 10 topical treatments for lichen sclerosus

Pick up your copy of the newest published book on LS. Lichen Sclerosus: Body, Mind & Spirit Practices to Heal the Stress of LS

**This blog is meant to inform, not diagnose or treat specific health conditions. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always consult your doctor or health care practitioner.

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